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Associate Degree

The Associate Degree is a two-year full time course (or part-time equivalent).  It is not a suitable qualification for the majority of full-time paid ministry roles.  However, it would be a good option for people in some associate or part-time roles as members of ministry teams, or Christians who wish to be better equipped to serve in their current church, work, and /or home context.

The Associate Degree is also available as an exit point after two years / 64 credit points of study in the three year courses of BTh and BMin, provided that the appropriate unit requirements have been met.

Eligibility and Financial Support

The course is accredited within Australia as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member institution along with 16 colleges nationally. as such, it is a recognized course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, and Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements). If you wish to study this degree as an Overseas Student, please contact the QTC Registrar for more information.

What do I study?

The Associate Degree can be taken as an Associate Degree of Theology (AssocDegTh) or an Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocDegMin). At QTC, the course structure involves the completion of 64 credit points as follows:

  • Four subjects (16 cps) which survey the Old and New Testament documents respectively: OT301 & 302, NT301 & 302.
  • TRT32, Foundations of Systematic Theology, a unit designed to introduce you to the foundations of what we believe (2cps).
  • RYB31, Principles of Interpretation, a unit introducing you to skills for biblical interpretation (2cps).
  • CH306, The Reformation (4cps).
  • A unit on Christian Ethics, either PE402 or PE301 (4cps).
  • Two units focused on interpreting particular books or parts of the Bible, known as exegesis units (e.g. Romans, John, the Pentateuch) (8cps)
  • One unit learning about a major area of Christian doctrine (drawn from TH401-404) (4cps).
  • Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Theology also take an additional 8cps of exegesis units or 8cps of biblical language units (Greek or Hebrew), plus a further 4cps of Christian Thought study: Church History, Christian doctrine (systematic theology), or philosophy/ethics/apologetics, areas where QTC has a particularly large number of options to choose from.
  • Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Ministry also take an additional four units (16cps) of Ministry and Practice units, drawn from QTC’s range of elective units in practical areas including missions, youth and children’s ministry, preaching pastoral skills and more.
  • Any remaining credit points within the total of 64 can be used to study electives from any field, drawn from the list of units offered for the BTh at QTC.

Your next step?

Contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.

QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The CRICOS code for the ACT’s Associate Degree of Theology is 054716F